Buxted council homes on list for major green energy improvements

Council homes in Buxted could benefit from major green energy improvements if Wealden Council is successful in a bid for a £175,000 grant.

Grants from the Energy Savings Trust are available for a range of green energy systems including biomass boilers, solar thermal systems, ground source heat pumps, air-to-water source heat pumps and water-to-water source heat pumps. 

The council would like to carry out improvements to 25 council-owned homes in Buxted, Mayfield and Herstmonceux.

Trials have already taken place at one of the council's 1940s properties in Bells Yew Green and resulted in cuts in heating costs of around 30 per cent thanks to solar thermal panels and an air source heat pump.

Cllr Graham Wells, cabinet member for affordable housing, said that wood burning initiatives at homes in Isfield and Berwick had also improved tenants' heating bills.

“Success in our grant bid would enable us to expand our trials to a wider range of council properties. It is important that we continue to strive to reduce our reliance on environmentally-harmful fossil fuels.

“The introduction of new energy technologies can also provide a welcome boost to the local economy and we hope interest among private home owners will mirror our own.”

The Energy Savings Trust grants are open to all Registered State Landlords.

Information about how the new technologies perform will be shared with the trust and the Department for Energy and Climate change.

Wealden's eco-homes pilot at Bells Yew Green has seen a solid fuel heat system and electric immersion heater replaced by an air source heat pump which is used to heat the house and a solar thermal panel used to heat the hot water.

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